In paid partnership with @malmötown. All words, pictures and recommendations are my own.
Having lived in Malmö, Sweden for over eighteen Years, I’m so proud of Sweden’s third largest city. Last December I wrote a winter guide, and today I thought I’d share 30 great things to do the city for design-lovers all year round! Here’s the complete lowdown on all my favourite design shops, galleries, studios, architecture, cafes, restaurants and more! I hope it will inspire you to visit this great city some day soon.
1. Stroll or cycle through the old cobbled streets of Gamla Väster – the 19th century old town between Lilla Torg and Kungsparken, and discover small independent galleries, ateliers and handicraft stores.
2. Discover the cities modern architecture which juxtaposes with historic buildings to create a fascinating skyline! Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Architects’ Malmö Live Towers and the jagged glass and aluminium extension to the World Maritime University by architect firms Terrior and Kim Utzon (both seen above) are a couple of my favourites.
3. Stroll around the little lanes in Västra Hamnen (Western harbour) for more fascinating architecture including the famous skyscraper Turning Torso – the symbol of Malmö, and enjoy a dip in the sea while looking out over the famous Öresund bridge.
4. Pull up a seat by the window at Atrium
for brunch in beautiful surroundings. I can vouch for the eggs bennie!
5. Or combine brunch and design shopping at Geijersgatan 53
, owned by my friend Josephine – who has impeccable taste for design and flowers!
6. Shop for items by highly acclaimed local designers and see one of the exhibitions at Form Design Centre
– a meeting place for architecture, design and crafts.
7. Pop into Beyond Us: an urban market for clothes and homeware, cafe & bar and workspace.
8. Shop for antiques and second hand homeware at AB Småland (it’s a great place for a swedish fika – coffee and cake / lunch – too!). You’ll also find a row of antique shops on Kärleksgatan (‘love street’)
9. Pick up locally made ceramics at Artibus (open the first weekend of every month) and Formagruppen.
10. Buy jewellery from a local silversmith at Atom 47 in Limhamn.
12. Shop for local handicrafts including butterknives, wool socks and clogs in one of the little boutiques on historical Lilla Torg.
13. And then enjoy a drink and light lunch on the square, or head round the corner to local favourite Noir vin & Kaffe.
14. Or tuck into the best pizza in town by the water at Mastio
in Limhamn. You’ll love the constantly changing menu, interior and local vibe!
15. If you prefer
vegan, I can recommend Jord
(both with great food and beautiful design) or the new plant-based cafe Sansa
16. Visit independent art galleries including Cowgirl Gallery in Möllan (where you can also enjoy a coffee and attend events) and the Nordic Art Agency, owned by my friend Juliet, a fellow Brit.
17. Make an appointment with a local artist to visit their showroom. Malmö Open Studios
is a helpful resource.
19. Hang out with locals in St Knuts Torg: pull up a seat at one of the cafes on the square, visit the antique bookstore, treat yourself to fresh cut blooms in the flower shop, and stock up on groceries from the independent package-free, zero waste store Gram
22. Visit Malmö during the Southern Sweden Design Days – an annual international design festival showcasing a range of design disciplines, seminars, workshops and exhibitions all over town. Don’t miss the main hub at Lokstallerna – an incredible converted train workshop.
23. While you’re in Kirseberg, treat yourself to a relaxed lunch inside at the industrial street food restaurant Matverskstad.
24. Travelling with children? Check-in to a circus wagon at the nearby Grand Circus Hotel!
25. Enjoy a pre-supper aperitif of champagne and oysters – or tuck into a relaxed lunch or evening meal – at Malmö Saluhallen
– a former train depot converted into an incredible food hall, with a modern extension by architect firm Wingårdhs
outdoor space is also a cool place for pre-dinner drinks. I love their cosy bar over the road on colder days too.
28. Head up to Malmö skybar for a post-dinner drink with a view over Malmö (you can also eat supper from the heady heights of Kitchen & Table
29. Finish the night with a cocktail to two at tiny local favourite Care Of
by the canal. If you’re looking for somewhere lively, the eclectic hangout MJs
is always fun on a saturday night. For clubs – Plan B
is the place to go.
30. Rest your weary head at the newly renovated boutique Hotel Duxiana
with impeccably designed rooms and lovely views over central Malmö and the canal (above and below). Other great hotels include Clarion Malmö Live
I hope this guide has given you lots of design ideas for your next trip to Malmö!
PS feel free to add your own tips below!
Photography: Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home